iterative

adjective
it·​er·​a·​tive | \ ˈi-tə-ˌrā-tiv How to pronounce iterative (audio) , -rə- How to pronounce iterative (audio) \

Definition of iterative

: involving repetition: such as
a : expressing repetition of a verbal action
b : utilizing the repetition of a sequence of operations or procedures iterative programming methods

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Other Words from iterative

iteratively adverb

Examples of iterative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Think of it as an iterative process that gains you invaluable advice and insight into your business and operations. Reggie Yativ, Forbes, "Startup 101: Knowing When You’re Ready For Venture Capital," 15 Apr. 2021 Despite that, Gurman said these are more iterative updates rather than extraordinary innovations. Chris Smith, BGR, "Bloomberg: Apple’s spring event won’t deliver anything ‘particularly innovative’," 15 Apr. 2021 The public has been able to watch science at its messy, iterative, imperfect best, with researchers scrambling to draw conclusions in real time from growing heaps of data. Alan Burdick, Star Tribune, "A lesson of the pandemic: The limits of science," 18 Mar. 2021 With the cloud, companies can now take a more incremental, iterative approach to adopting and incorporating these new technologies and capabilities, scaling investment and realizing value. Bridget Perry, Forbes, "Digital-First, Digital-Fast: The New Customer Experience Playbook," 6 Apr. 2021 The public has been able to watch science at its messy, iterative, imperfect best, with researchers scrambling to draw conclusions in real time from growing heaps of data. Alan Burdick, Star Tribune, "A lesson of the pandemic: The limits of science," 18 Mar. 2021 The public has been able to watch science at its messy, iterative, imperfect best, with researchers scrambling to draw conclusions in real time from growing heaps of data. Alan Burdick, Star Tribune, "A lesson of the pandemic: The limits of science," 18 Mar. 2021 With each iterative cycle of media rights negotiations, properties and networks learn from past successes and missteps while also being mindful of current trends and gauging future innovations. Patrick Rishe, Forbes, "$110 Billion New NFL Rights Deal Embodies More Digital, More Flex, And More Interactivity," 18 Mar. 2021 The public has been able to watch science at its messy, iterative, imperfect best, with researchers scrambling to draw conclusions in real time from growing heaps of data. Alan Burdick, Star Tribune, "A lesson of the pandemic: The limits of science," 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of iterative

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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27 Apr 2021

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“Iterative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iterative. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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